Reports: UCF Transfer Quarterback Dillon Gabriel to Visit Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. – It will be an exciting weekend in the Ole Miss football offices. Not only will the Rebels learn their probable New Year’s Six Bowl destination, but the campus will also be hosting a potential member of the 2022 team.
Dillon Gabriel, who entered the transfer portal after playing two-plus seasons at UCF, will visit Ole Miss to gauge mutual interest of the quarterback joining the football program, according to a report from Brandon Marcello.
— Dillon Gabriel (@_dillongabriel_) November 27, 2021
The Rebels are looking for a successor to Matt Corral who will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft where he is expected to be a first-round pick. That will leave Luke Altmyer and Kinkead Dent to vie for the starting position this spring.
The Lebby Connection
It will not be complete unfamiliar territory for Gabriel when he visits. He will be able to meet with Ole Miss offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby who helped recruit Gabriel from Mililani, Hawaii, and served as his offensive coordinator for a year in Orlando.
That gives Gabriel the advantage of being familiar with the offensive schemes the Rebels have employed since Lebby’s arrival.
Gabriel’s UCF Career
Gabriel only played in three games this season after suffering a broken collarbone on the final play of the Louisville game, but he completed 70-of-102 passes for 814 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 271.33 yards per game.
The 6-foot, 186-pounder started 12 games as a freshman for the Knights, ten games as a sophomore and three this season.
Dillon led UCF to wins over Boise State and Bethune-Cookman this season before being injured in the loss to Louisville. The Knights finished the regular season with an 8-4 record. Last season UCF finished 6-4, including a loss to Brigham Young in the Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl.
In 2019, Gabriel led the Knights to a 10-3 record with a 48-25 win over Marshall in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
In his first two seasons at UCF, Gabriel threw just 11 interceptions in 811 attempts. That .014 ratio is the best in school history over two seasons. He is only the third quarterback at UCF to throw for 3,000 yards in two seasons, joining Duante Culpepper and Blake Bortles who were each first-round picks in the NFL Draft.
In his UCF career, Gabriel ended with 8,014 passing yards and 70 touchdowns.
Apart from his familiarity with Lebby and the offensive scheme, the 2018 Gatorade Hawaii High School Player of the Year would not be in uncharted territory in Mississippi. Former Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was also a native of Hawaii and enjoyed a tremendous career in Oxford.
Gabriel is joined in the transfer portal by an impressive list of quarterbacks that includes: Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma), Miles Brennan (LSU), Chubba Purdy (Florida State), Harrison Bailey (Tennessee), Jacob Zeno (Baylor), Tommy DeVito (Syracuse), Charlie Brewer (Utah) and Brian Mauer (Tennessee).